Online conspiracy suggests Melania Trump used body double during press conference

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The latest conspiracy to hit the internet involves First Lady Melania Trump and her nose.

On Friday, President Donald Trump held a press conference during which he discussed such topics as the Iran nuclear deal and the status of relief efforts for Puerto Rico. At one point during the conference, he pointed to his wife, saying, “My wife, Melania, who happens to be right here.”

However, conspiracy theorists believe that the press conference appearance was a stunt by Trump to prove that his wife was there and supporting him when she was in fact elsewhere.

For proof, these online conspiracists are pointing to Melania’s nose, which they say is different on the woman at the press conference, who is wearing a coat and sunglasses. Since the theory cropped up online, Google searches for “Melania Trump double” and “Fake Melania” have spiked.

This isn’t the first time conspiracy theorists have suggested the use of body doubles, as Hillary Clinton had previously been accused of using a stand-in. But for the Trumps, who have had several public gaffes such as Trump’s trip to Israel in which Melania appeared to rebuff his attempt to hold her hand, the conspiracy theory only fans the flames of rumors that things are not all roses between the First Couple.

Interestingly enough, it’s not farfetched for politicians, particularly members of the First Family to have so-called ‘body doubles’ — they’re known as political decoys. They are typically used, however, to draw attention away from political figures in times of danger or the risk of their well-being.